|Subject: Trip to Cornwall|
This is a short report about a trip to Cornwall that we made at the end of June.
We got a Ryan Air flight from Genoa to London Stanstead. Despite the basic service the flight was very good and comfortable (and incredibly cheap!). From Stanstead we started our trip with a rented car to Cornwall. First stop was Salisbury, where we spent the night in a B&B just above a pub. Salisbury is quite a nice city and has a wonderful cathedral. On the way to Salisbury we had a stop at Stonehenge. This site is really fasinating, even if crowded with tourists.
From Salisbury we continued to Cornwall, where we reached our final destination, Newquay. Newquay is one of the most renowned touristic villages in Cornwall, and is a paradise for surfers. The village is quite nice and crowded with young people. We stayed 5 nights at a nice B&B, the Henver Lodge http://www.henverlodge.co.uk where we got a very comfortable room and a rich English breakfast.
Newquay is located at the center of the northern coast of Cornwall and is a perfect base to travel around the region, as all the most interesting places are at no more than 1 hour by car. At Newquay there are some of the most beautiful beaches of Cornwall. Some of them almost disappear at high tide, and some are located in little bays hidden by high cliffs. There is also a very nice zoo, which is absolutely worth a visit.
We were travelling with our 6 year old daughter, Shaila, who really enjoyed it. Cornwall has a lot to offer to the young travellers - theme parks, wonderful nature, beautiful beaches, farms and so on.
Shaila enjoyed particularly the Seal Sanctuary, where she had the chance to see a lot seals, sea lions and other animals.
Another "must" is Land's End, the most western tip of England. Here the coast is spectacular. Even if the place is now hosting a theme park with exibitions about the region's nature and traditions, it still preserves its wild charm. For the little visitors, there are playing areas and a farm where they can feed animals like sheep, horses, goats, ducks, pigs and rabbits. Shaila loves animals and therefore enjoyed particularly the farm.
Apart Newquay, there are other two villages we liked most: St. Ives and Polperro.
St. Ives is one of the most famous villages of Cornwall, and it deserves it! After a laborious search for parking, you are rewarded by this ancient village where you still feel the charm of the old times when sailors and pirates were sailing from its port.
Polperro is a little old village that now is like an open air museum. It is very well preserved and its little port is really a delicious place. Here you have to leave your car at the parking. From here you can reach the village by foot (10 mins), by bus or by a horse-pulled cart. Polperro is located on the south coast, not far from Plymouth. Near Polperro there is another nice village, Looe, which is worth a visit.
And now some suggestions for restaurants: - Old Sail Loft (Looe) http://www.theoldsailloft.co.uk/ - Hobblers (St. Ives) http://www.hobblers.co.uk/ - Admiral Benbow (Penzance) http://www.theadmiralbenbow.com/
As a conclusion, we really loved Cornwall and our only regret is that this trip was too short.
Stefano Dighero Genova - Italy